AECM Annual Event : Vienna, 14-17 September 2022

Promoting structural change for a new sustainable Europe – Guarantees with a focus on start-ups

AECM Annual Event 2022

Venue and Hotel

Hilton Vienna Park

Am Stadtpark 1A, 1030 Vienna / Austria
Tel +43-1-71700

Be quick to take advantage of the special negotiated rates by following the link to the hilton.com booking platform. We have a limited number of rooms available. The demand is high so secure your accommodation as soon as possible!

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The special rate of €219 per room per night is pre-selected in the booking form and is available from 14.9.2022 until 17.9.2022. The rate is based on single room accommodation and includes breakfast, VAT and local taxes. Should you have any questions or need help with your hotel booking please get in touch with the events team at the Hilton Vienna Park by emailing cornelia.stifter@hilton.com

 

Programme

Wednesday

14 September 2022

15h00 – 18h00

Meeting of the Board of Directors
registration and documents via member area of AECM’s website

19h00

Welcome Reception

Thursday

15 September 2022

Interpretation: EN, ES, FR, IT 

10h00 – 11h00

Meeting of the internal extraordinary General Assembly
registration and documents via member area of AECM’s website

11h00 – 12h00

Meeting of the internal ordinary General Assembly
registration and documents via member area of AECM’s website

12h00 – 13h30

Networking break

13h30 – 15h30

Public session of the General Assembly

13h30 – 13h45

Welcome & Opening

  • Guy Selbherr, President of AECM
  • Bernhard Sagmeister, Managing Director of the Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws), Austria
  • Doris Agneter, Managing Director of a promotional institution providing guarantees and participations to SMEs based in Lower Austria (“NÖ Bürgschaften und Beteiligungen GmbH“, NÖBEG), Austria
13h45 – 14h15

Unlocking the future: SMEs’ resilient transition

  • Kerstin Jorna, Director General, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission
  • Luc Frieden, President, Eurochambres – the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry – tbc.
14h15 – 15h25

The interplay of mutual, private, and public guarantee institutions for the benefit of SMEs

  • Introductory speaker: Pablo Pombo, Founding President of AECM
  • Examples of best practices moderated by Katrin Sturm, Secretary General of AECM
  • Laurent Melin, President of the National Federation of SOCAMA, France and Christian Dubarry, Head of European and International Relations, Bpifrance, France
  • Guy Selbherr, President of the Association of German Guarantee Banks (VDB), Germany and Johannes Heinloth, Member of the Board of Directors of the regional public promotional institution L-Bank, Germany
  • Athina Chatzipetrou, CEO and President of the Hellenic Development Bank (HDB), Greece and Konstantinos Makedos, President of TMEDE – the Engineers and Public Works Contractors Fund, Greece
  • NN, President of Assoconfidi, Italy – tbd. and NN, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, Italy – tbd.
  • Zenón Vázquez Irizar, Member of the Board of Directors of CESGAR, Spain and NN, Spain – tbd.
15h25 – 15h30

Concluding remarks & end of the public session

  • Guy Selbherr, President of AECM
15h30 – 16h00

Networking break

16h00 – 18h00

International conference

16h00 – 16h10

Welcome & Opening

  • José Fernando Figueiredo, Special Honorary President AECM with the special mandate for international relations
16h10 – 16h30

From crisis to recovery: Optimal support of SMEs

  • Martin Godel, Chair of the OECD Committee on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (CSMEE) and Head of Division, Small and Medium Size Enterprise Policy, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland – tbc.
16h30 – 17h00

How to make guarantee institutions and SMEs sustainable

  • Pietro Calice, Senior Financial Economist, Europe and Central Asia, The World Bank
  • Henk Jan Reinders, Financial Sector Economist in the World Bank Group’s Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation Global Practice
17h00 – 18h00

The right transformation strategy for guarantee institutions

  • Moderator: José Fernando Figueiredo, Special Honorary President AECM with the special mandate for international relations
  • NN, Japan Finance Corporation (JFC) being member of the Asian Credit Supplementation Institution Confederation (ACSIC) – tbd.
  • Nagla Bahr, President of the Euro-Mediterranean Guarantee Network (EMGN)
  • Mohammed Al-Jafari, Coordinator of the Global Network of Guarantee Institutions (GNGI)
  • Luz Stella Lozano, Secretary General of the Ibero-American network of guarantees association (REGAR)
19h30

Gala Dinner

Friday

16 September 2022

Interpretation: EN, ES, FR, IT 

09h00 – 15h30

Annual seminar on “Promoting structural change for a new sustainable Europe – Guarantees with a focus on start-ups”

09h00 – 09h10

Welcome & Opening

  • Bernhard Sagmeister, Managing Director of the Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws), Austria
  • Doris Agneter, Managing Director of a promotional institution providing guarantees and participations to SMEs based in Lower Austria (“NÖ Bürgschaften und Beteiligungen GmbH“, NÖBEG), Austria
09h10 – 09h30

Keynote address

  • NN, Minister, Austria – tbc.

Followed by an acceptance speech

  • Guy Selbherr, President of AECM
09h30 – 10h00

Accelerating the twin transition

  • Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission – tbc.
  • Roger Havenith, Deputy Chief Executive, European Investment Fund (EIF)
10h00 – 11h00

Panel 1: Financing the green and digital transition

  • Moderator and introductory speaker: Lucia Cusmano, Deputy Head of the SME and Entrepreneurship Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD – tbc.
  • Daniel Bouzas Luis, Regional Coordinator for Europe, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – tbc.
  • Uldis Kuplis, Head of IT Development, Development Finance Institution (ALTUM), Latvia
  • Róbert Aradi-Beöthy, Senior Consultant, Green Financing, OTP Bank Plc., Hungary
  • Lina Konstantinopoulou, Policy Director, Eurochambres – the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry – tbc.
11h00 – 11h20

Networking break

11h20 – 11h35

Main challenges and opportunities for innovative SMEs & start-ups

  • Jean-David Malo, Director of the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission
11h35 – 11h50

InnoRate – a European technology assessment tool

  • Hee-Chang (Leo) Park, Director, Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC/KIBO), Korea
11h50 – 12h50

Panel 2: Making SMEs fit for future

  • Moderator and introductory speaker: Jiří Jirasek, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Národní rozvojová banka (NRB), Czechia
  • NN, Korean Credit Guarantee Fund (KODIT) – tbc.
  • Giovanni Zazzerini, Secretary General, INSME – The International Network for SMEs – tbc.
  • Nicolas Tritaris, Senior Investment Platform Advisor at European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Besnik Berisha, Managing Director of the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund, Kosovo
12h50 – 13h00

Group photo

13h00 – 14h00

Networking break

14h00 – 14h15

The InvestEU Fund: Benefits for SMEs, particularly for start-ups

  • Giorgio Chiarion Casoni, Director, InvestEU and financial institutions, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission – tbc.
14h15 – 15h15

Panel 3: Financial instruments: EU support for a successful recovery

  • Moderator: ​Gerhard Huemer, Director Economic Policy, SMEunited
  • Astrid Bartels, Head of Unit, Access to Finance, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission
  • Andrea Bomhoff, Head of Unit, State aid — Financial institutions III, Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), European Commission
  • Vincent van Steensel, Departmental Director – Porfolio Guarantees, European Investment Fund (EIF)
  • Kiril Velitchkov, Director European Projects and Financial Institutions, UBB, Bulgaria, Manager of KBC Group European Financial Instruments Competence Centre – tbc.
15h15 – 15h25

Presentation of the venue of AECM’s annual event 2023

  • Marijana Oreb, Member of the Board of the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investment (HAMAG-BICRO), Croatia
15h25 – 15h30

Concluding remarks & end of the annual seminar

  • Guy Selbherr, President of AECM
16h00 – 18h00

Annual meeting of the GNGI

– For members only –

  • Approval of the agenda
  • Approval and presentation of new members of the GNGI
  • Nomination of the coordinator(s) of the GNGI
  • Activity plan 2021 – 2022 / Topics for webinars / Ways to foster knowledge exchange
  • Next meeting
  • Any other business

Fees and registration

AECM Seminar Fee – Member EUR 390 pp
AECM Seminar Fee – Non-Member EUR 440 pp

In case of any questions please contact info@aecm.eu


Leisure programme

A Unique Trip to the World Heritage Region Wachau

17 September 2022
From 09h00 – 16h30
(departure from Hilton Vienna Park hotel)

Word Heritage Region Wachau

The historic cultural heritage and natural resources by the Danube can tell a tale. The Wachau is included as a cultural landscape on the UNESCO world heritage list with its especially appealing combination of spectacular scenery and important cultural monuments.

You will experience a guided tour through Göttweig Abbey, relish a special traditional regional lunch, and enjoy the exceptional landscape while gliding down the River Danube.

EUR 60 pp

Join us for a fabulous gala dinner at Palais Ferstel!

15 September 2022
From 19h30

Palais Ferstel

Unlike many other palaces in the Austrian capital, Palais Ferstel is not named after its owner, with that honor going instead to its architect. Otherwise it would have ended up being known as the national bank or the stock exchange building, in recognition of the roles initially intended for this opulent structure built between 1855 and 1860. Palais Ferstel continues to cast its magic on guests with its fantastic architecture, located in the heart of Vienna’s historic first district.

EUR 150 pp